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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA
2,850 Ratings
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Have you read the description for the regular Crooked Tree yet? Well this beer is almost the same just double the flavor and alcohol. We actually took the Crooked Tree recipe and doubled all of the ingredients except the water, just the way a DOUBLE should be made. Big hops balanced with tons of malt give this beer a huge body. Although this beer is as cool as "The Fonz" when first purchased, it gets really mellow and smooth with some age. After a year or two stored in a cool dark place you'll notice the heavy caramel and malt flavors are trying to sneak past the hops. This beer is hugely delicious so it will need your undivided attention (the chores can wait....trust us).

98 IBUs

Added by putnam on 03-05-2005

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4-pack of this for $15.99. This beer was just released around here, and this particular batch was brewed on February 26th, 2013. I poured a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Tawny, hazy amber and with an okay head retention.

S: Smell is of strong, pine resin hops and a bit of citrus and alcohol.

T: Caramel-y malt gives way to an extremely strong, bitter hop assault. The hops have a taste of faint orange zest and other citrus flavors, but they're mostly of the pine and herbal variety. There's a slight kiss of alcohol near the end, and it finishes very bitter and herbal-y, only being slightly balanced by alcohol and a touch of sweetness.

M: Not as heavy as you would expect an IPA of this strength to be. Since this beer isn't particularly sweet, it's not a huge surprise that it's not super-heavy. Generally, a cloying sweetness is indicative of a heavy body. This beer is dangerously drinkable for a 12% IPA.

O: This is a TRUE double IPA. They took the original Crooked Tree IPA and used half the water or doubled the ingredients. There aren't many IPAs quite like this one. Since a lot of very strong IPAs are generally more generous with the malt, this one turns out to be a lot less sweet than a typical IPA of this strength. It's lack of cloying sweetness makes this beer extremely palatable; this is by far one of the easiest drinking extremely strong DIPAs I've ever had. Compared to Founder's Devil Dancer (another 12% IPA), this beer is far, far superior. Where that beer is an alcoholic mess, this beer somehow balances a strong hop profile with a strong malt profile. I would definitely not age this at all. The hop flavor is superb and aging this would take away this defining trait.


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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the whole here is greater than the sum of its parts. this is my first review here and i'm certainly no expert, but i've had my fair share of excellent beers.

quite bitter and you don't feel the citrus notes that are generally prevalent in west coast ipas and dipas.

the aroma is kinda pine-y and pretty subtle and it has a nice mouthfeel. the abv is hidden pretty damn well.

glad i tried it, but not too thrilled i committed to a 4 pack. this is a good beer, but i don't love it.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a amberish brown, cloudy as can be, a finger of a tanish head.

Smell is probably the biggest let down in this one, a little pine, citrus and a bready caramel malt, really a lot more faint then I would have thought for a 12% beer.

Taste is where is shines, full of resiny hops, citrus, floral, pine with a really nice malt backing, caramel, and a wee bit of a alcohol burn in the end.... Very faint though

Mouthfeel is more barleywine then DIPA, Very smooth, medium full, low-medium carbonation, finishes with a bittering dryness.

Well I got a 4 pack and decided to drink 2 fresh and 2 aged.... It may be hard but I hear this beer does wonders with some age... However it super fresh so maybe I will have to try to grab another 4 pack!

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,850 ratings
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